Our designer for today is the very talented and artistic Naolila Teixeira who hails from Angola, she spoke with us about her work process and cultures that inspire her.
Q: Who do you design for? Off the top of your head, do you have a muse?
A: I design for the modern woman, independent of age. We are a brand for the woman (or superbly confident man) who has defined her personal style, avoids trends & likes to stand out for the uniqueness of her style.
We have several muses, from actress/musician Charlotte Gainsbourg, to fellow actresses Tilda Swinton & Zoe Kravitz just to name a few. We love their irreverent style.
Q: What is your go-to color to work with? Why?
A: Black, without a doubt the most stylish color/shade in the rainbow (hahaha). We like that its simplicity can serve both as a base to build on a great look, as well as, alone, being pure perfection.
Q: Describe your recent collection in three words?
A: Monochromatic, Voluminous & Sexy
Q: Your design process is incomplete without?
A: Music and Anime
Q: Which design took you the longest time to create?
A: Our final look took the longest to create because we went through several processes of trying to find the perfect clean note to end the collection.
Q: If you could dress anyone in your designs, living or dead who would it be?
Q: What are you most inspired by?
A: Music, anime and most of the times my surroundings.
Q: In your opinion, what sets your work apart from the rest?
A: I believe our minimal, voluminous and yet sexy aesthetic sets us apart from other brands.
Q: How influenced are you by Nigerian culture?
A: We just debuted at Lagos Fashion Week, it was my first time in Nigeria and in full on contact with Nigerian culture...we are definitely similar. Beforehand the most I had been exposed to Nigerian culture was through music, but this time I got the chance to taste the food, be in Lagos traffic, ride the tuk tuk...it was a fun trip.
Q: Are there any other cultures that influence your work?
A: Besides my own Angolan culture, I am very much influenced by Japanese culture, but not limited to it. We can be influenced by many cultures, sometimes simultaneously.
Q: What would you say your narrative is in the blossoming neo-African space?
A: Our narrative in this neo-African space is definitely to continue expanding the idea of African luxury being a reality. We absolutely want to be a part of the many creatives challenging the status quo of “African Fashion”...and with persistent work and dedication, we shall achieve that.
Q: What comes next for your brand?
A: We are looking to further expand the brand internationally, and to reach more customers outside of Angola.
Q: Who or what would you say has been the biggest influence on your work so far?
A: I will say that my biggest influence is my mother. Her example of always doing things very well has pushed me to constantly challenge myself, to always be more creative and more passionate about the work that we present.
Q: What was your aha moment, the point at which you decided to be a designer?
A: I decided at age 12 that I was going to be a designer, there really wasn’t an option B. That’s when the dream started.
Q: What would you say are your biggest fears are as a designer?
A: As a designer, I am truly afraid of our concept and aesthetic not coming through in our designs. I’m fearful of not having our own unique voice in this sea of hundreds of thousands of brands/designers.
Q: What counts as fun for you?
A: Staying in watching a good movie, or binging on tv series.
Q: What is your perfect getaway from the work process?
A: My perfect getaway... are food competition shows and movies.